Danio rerio in K-12 classrooms: sparking interest in the new generation of scientists

Zebrafish. 2009 Jun;6(2):145-60. doi: 10.1089/zeb.2008.0569.


Zebrafish are ideal for experimental studies in the classroom because, in contrast to chicks or mammals, fish embryos are relatively easy and inexpensive to maintain, and embryonic development can be observed with common classroom equipment. The eight student-developed laboratory exercises described here have been used by students in Neuroscience Research at Sidwell Friends School. This course uses zebrafish as a vertebrate model to study genetics, development, behavior, neurobiology, regeneration, learning, and memory. The students develop protocols through collaboration with the teacher and scientists in specific fields. Through individual research, students develop and perform their own experiments, formulate and test hypotheses, learn basic laboratory and microscopy techniques, collect and analyze data, read original scientific literature, and collaborate with prominent zebrafish researchers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biology / education*
  • Biology / methods
  • Faculty
  • Schools
  • Students
  • Zebrafish*